The Supreme court directed commissioner of Karachi to demolish the residential project Nasla tower located on Shahrah e Faisal Karachi. The 15 story building named Nasla Tower is built over 1,100 square yards on Plot No193-A which has 99 houses or it would be more appropriate if I say 99 homes. When a house demolished, more than the home is lost.
Now just imagine you are living in a 20 million rupees apartment. Your dream house where you have developed emotional connections. You bought it to relax the rest of life, you bought it with savings, you bought it after selling jewellery etc. Or maybe you bought it with your pension after serving government institutions your whole damn life and now its your only solace at the end of life days.
Well suddenly a bizarre situation breaks upon you that the dream place you own will be tore down within 15 days. You left deserted – water, electricity and gas supply have been disconnected.
What will be your reaction over this abstruse situation. Obviously the impact of this raze cannot be gainsaid. More than 500 individuals who are currently living in Nasla tower will have to confront circumstances themselves and the rest of us we can just watch tower demolishment at our television screens to forget this whole story (just like other stories) after few days. Isn’t it ?
But What if the inside Story is terrifically monstrous ?
Nasla tower perhaps is the only resident building which is going to experience the demolish orders directed by authorities to Iqbal Memmon the newly- appointed commissioner of Karachi. This demolishing order is coming because the building is blocking the service road which means that almost 325 square yards place is constructed illegally. Even the service road is not crowded because there is a flyover for traffic. Furthermore, over the last 20 years this illegal construction has been regularised by using different legal procedures but all in vain. Ironically, only because of this 325 square yards illegal construction they are demolishing the whole building residing over 400 individuals. Isn’t it human rights violation? Which knob head would do such thing?
The question is where have been authorities when this tower plot was being sold or purchased. Moreover, why authorities didn’t look after this tower when owner built this building and let people buy apartments.
Now if the government has undertaken a sweeping program of illegal possessions in Karachi I fear examining this demolishment criteria, they have to wipe out almost half of Karachi.
Currently authorities are in search of experts who can demolish building through controlled implosion as the building is located in populated area.
The last deadline 27 October has passed away and now the government is forcibly evicting house owners. Some of them already left the building and waiting for fair compensation. Authorities asked the commissioner to pay fair compensation based on the market values of properties to the house owners. I wonder how this course of government’s expropriations and demolition is going to affect homeowners and residents. Will they get their money back on time or do they have to struggle to get it.
Does fair compensation make any difference? Does getting money is enough for traumatised residents?
On our part watching this news on our screens, writing blogs or doing v-logs wouldn’t be enough to understand this monstrous act of our so-called Estate protectors. Anyhow, no wonder if this act turns out into an old rivalry or it holds deep down grudges against concern owner. My concern reaches to conclusion here, “500 individuals are going to be homeless”. And Estate is supposed to look after citizens rights rather than fortify rivalries.